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Nexus 6 hidden notification LED discovered

It’s been discovered that the Nexus 6 has a hidden notification light on it.

Google’s new 6-inch flagship phone will go on sale in the UK on December 1, and when it does there’ll be one more tiny but intriguing facet to it.

XDA Developer user JMUT has discovered that the Nexus 6 has a notification LED stashed behind its speaker, and posted his findings on Reddit. The light is capable of outputting in red, green, or blue.

In order to gain access to this hidden LED, you’ll need to root your Nexus 6 before making use of the Lightflow tool, so it’s not as simple as flipping a switch in the Android 5.0 Lollipop settings. What’s more, it appears as if the notification light won’t flash or pulse.

Ultimately, then, the vast majority of users won’t be able to use this light for notifications or silent incoming call alerts.

The question is, why has Motorola included a notification LED and then deactivated it?

Unlike the Nexus 5 (which was effectively a reworked LG G2) the Nexus 6 is something of an off the shelf design from Motorola. Previous Motorola devices have featured a notification LED that lights up when the battery is very low, so there’s a chance this component was included for such a minor feature.

Google seems to have opted not to employ notification lights in its currently vision for Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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Via: Android Authority